|First Version (128 K words) that I sent to publishers|
But one technique is to 'sweat the fat' - and make your book thinner but still the same person. Here's how it's done: for example if you have a draft that is 107 thousand words/428 pages, then if you take out 4 unnecessary words from each page, that means you have reduced the word count by 1,712 words and it is now closer to 105 thousand words.
Instead of taking four, if you remove 8 fatty 'phatic'/irrelevant words, you are 'sweating' close to 3,500 words. Now, if you take out 10 words, you can make it lose blubber of 4,280 words and you will have a draft over 102 thousand words.
This is a tedious approach to editing, but it's less painful than the surgical way of copying 500 words and clicking, 'cut'.